Westpac: union members vote after mediation
Westpac Phone Assist: union members vote after
Mediation talks between Finsec and Westpac have
ended and the union will now put a negotiated position on
working hours and other issues to its Phone Assist
Union members at Westpac Phone Assist call
centres in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch took
industrial action last month in support of their collective
employment agreement claims.
The members two main concerns
were to change rotating shifts to fixed shifts and to
achieve a shorter working day.
The negotiated position
would see weekly hours brought down from 40 a week to 37.5 a
week, over a five year period, and phasing in of fixed
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